The seat rotates on the four-leg base of this "roundabout" chair. Napoleon used a similar chair at the Palais des Tuileries in Paris.
Marking: Three brand marks of the initials C M J surmounted by a princely or ducal crown on the under side of the seat rail between the legs of this chair, and can be interpreted as collectors' marks of Caroline and Joachim Murat.
possibly from the collection of Prince Joachim Murat, later King of Naples ; Georges Hoentschel (until 1906; sold to Morgan) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (1906; to MMA)
Artist: Martin Carlin (French, near Freiburg im Breisgau ca. 1730–1785 Paris)Date: ca. 1768Medium: Oak veneered with tulipwood, amaranth, and stained sycamore; mahogany; seventeen soft-paste porcelain plaques; gilt-bronze mounts; velvet (not original)Accession: 58.75.48On view in:Gallery 529
Artist: Jean Henri Riesener (French, Gladebeck, near Hessen 1734–1806 Paris)Date: 1783Medium: Oak veneered with ebony and 17th-century Japanese lacquer; interiors veneered with tulipwood, amaranth, holly, and ebonized holly; gilt-bronze mounts; marble top; velvet (not original)Accession: 20.155.11On view in:Gallery 524